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February was a month.

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In 1906, the Dreadnought was launched by the Royal Navy, sparking an arms race between the United Kingdom and Imperial Germany. In the longer term, this lead to the development much more powerful weapons throughout the rest of the 20th century. (AUDIO: Peace in Our Time)

In 1918, the first thirteen days of February were skipped by Russia as the country moved from the Julian calendar to the Gregorian calendar: 31 January was immediately followed by 14 February. These days were purchased by Anastasia Romanov for the Thirteen-Day Republic. (PROSE: The Book of the War)

In 1936, the Japanese First Infantry Division launched a revolt in Tokyo, killing many government officials and civil servants. The revolt was ultimately put down by imperial decree, but influenced changes to government policy, primarily related to Japanese intentions towards China. (PROSE: The Shadow of Weng-Chiang)

In 1941, as the Blitz was ongoing, the Luftwaffe moved its attention away from London in favour of other English cities. While this offered the capital some respite, Winston Churchill lamented that it did not alleviate Britain's collective suffering. (AUDIO: Human Conflict) The testing phase of the Nazis' Hartung Project concluded on 28 February, though it ran into complications after Emil Hartung died in a crash at midnight. (PROSE: Just War)

In 1942, in the second week of the month, Japan invaded Singapore and the outlying island of Kenga. Outmatched, British and Indian forces had to evacuate in a humiliating capitulation. (AUDIO: The Forsaken)

In 1944, Pilot Officer Randolph Wright, the uncle of Polly Wright, was shot down and killed over occupied France. (AUDIO: Resistance)

In 1945, the RAF and USAF launched an airborne attack on the German city of Dresden, setting the place ablaze with incendiary bombs. (PROSE: The Turing Test) A V2 rocket hit Piccadilly in the same month. (AUDIO: Churchill Victorious)

In 1974, the Eighth Doctor and Lucie Miller arrived in Britain. (AUDIO: The Curse of the Fugue)

Fitz Kreiner once spent several days in February 2001 trying to catch up with the Eighth Doctor in Belgium. During this same time, Anji Kapoor met Fitz and the Eighth Doctor, beginning her travels in the TARDIS after the death of her boyfriend, Dave Young. (PROSE: Escape Velocity)